The name's Genjutsuhh, also referred to as Gen for short. Long running Gamer and Anime enthusiast.
About Friend Requests:
I'd prefer to only add people who I've had a conversation with before or are at least willing to do so. If you send me a request and we've never even talked then chances are, I'll probably end up denying the request. Either attach a message to your request or just leave a comment on my profile saying 'Hi' or whatever really. I'm always open for a conversation so feel free to start.
Me and Anime:
Anime is something I've been watching for as long as I can remember and grew up watching the usual Pokémon, Dragon Ball, Beyblade etc.. While I wasn't always familiar with the term 'Anime', I was however always somehow aware of their Japanese origins and that a boundary existed between the usual cartoons and Anime.
I didn't start properly watching Anime until I was about 9 years old. That was around the time when I'd gotten over my craze for Dragon Ball and wanted to start something new and so I picked up Naruto, then Rurouni Kenshin soon after and then it wasn't until I finally came across Death Note that I realized what more Anime had to offer.
I like watching Anime from a critique's point of view, and I also highly enjoy writing reviews. While I've been writing reviews for quite some time now, I only started posting them about a year ago. I write reviews mostly for fun or whenever I feel like it.
I also read a bit of Manga sometimes but unless its already obvious from my statistics, I'm much more into watching Anime as compared to reading Manga.
Other than the very few comprehensive reviews, I also provide short reviews for all of the titles on my list through the tags section. These reviews I try to make as short and to-the-point as I can for quick referencing.
How I Rate My Anime:
I put a lot of thought behind each and every rating I give out as I consider several aspects of a show before settling on a score rather than just rating a show solely based on personal enjoyment as a show's enjoyment is only one of the several aspects to consider, but no doubt an important one i.e me giving an Anime a low rating doesn't always mean that I didn't like it, similarly If I give an Anime a high rating doesn't necessarily make it my favourite either. The score only signifies how I found the Anime to be collectively.
Other than that, unlike most, I very heavily believe in giving credits where they are due. While I do not hesitate to point out a flaw in a any series, I always consider everything that the show did well in my ratings as well. So they are not just completely dependant on criticism.
I believe the characters to be the most important part of a show as most of the times characters that are deep and interesting can compensate for a poor story but a well written story is only rarely able to make up for a bad cast of characters.
While the story and characters are what mostly effect my rating, I find the art, animation and sound to all be important parts of a show as they not only add a layer of depth but also enhance the overall presentation of that show. If I find a show to be exceptional in that regard then it could considerably impact my ratings and in most cases I would not award an 8 or above score if I find it to be bad in that regard. Although exceptions might be made at times.
Exceeds all limits in every aspect. These shows not only managed to entertain from start to end, but also left me speechless towards how well the show was produced and executed. Memorable characters to Mind-blowing stories, these shows not only did it all right but took it on a whole new level. These titles felt like a journey and left me with a void on completion along with forging a bond with me on an emotional level. Even if they did have any flaws, the sheer amount of admiration and affection I have for them is enough for me to disregard any problems the shows might've had. I am quite admittedly biased towards them but I don't believe I could ever give any title a perfect rating without being at least a little biased or without the show having an emotional attachment with me. And these titles did just that.
Shows that left me absolutely amazed. The most well executed titles out there and truly some of the best shows altogether. These go much further beyond the standards of most titles. Had me entertained and wanting more during their entirety and were truly engaging. Delivers well in every aspect. Might have had a few minor problems but are easily overshadowed by the show's overall presentation. They're a form of art and are easily some of my most adored shows.
These shows go beyond just simple entertainment. They manage to leave a strong and lasting impact and are highly entertaining altogether. Exceptional in every aspect. The amount of flaws it had was very little compared to all that it did right. Easily memorable and very well presented pieces of work. Houses some of my personal favorites.
A great show, one that does every aspect right. These are the titles that gave out a good amount of enjoyment and left me with an overall positive impression by the end. Had a good amount of memorable moments and whatever setup it presented, it managed to carry it out till the end in a satisfying way. Had a few flaws that hold it back from achieving a higher score but still very easily recommendable and manage to easily stand out from the rest. Truly some of the most fun shows I've watched.
Shows that provide a decent amount of enjoyment. Fairly good in most aspects but had their problems as well. These shows offer some good moments and do well to somewhat stand out from the usual bunch. This might also include shows which might've had a good concept and presented it well enough but didn't manage to provide much closure or left some questions unanswered. These do well when you need some good quality entertainment while not really caring too much about the writing and plot as a whole.
Most typical or mediocre shows fall under this rating. Shows that offer nothing new to the plate or even shows that may have had something new going for them but do nothing to work towards it, a 'wasted potential'. Shows with very common setups or stereotypical character or those that may have had some noteworthy moments but nothing to truly impress. While they manage to do well in certain areas, at the same time they’re lacking in others. They're not necessarily bad, but not anything praiseworthy either. These are mostly shows that I'd prefer to watch when I need a change of pace and want to take it slow.
Something I would personally never recommend. Very effortless shows with comparatively more flaws than pros. These shows were below average standards in almost every way. Sometimes had a few good qualities but the abundance of flaws hold it back from ranking higher. Left me with an overall bad impression. Might’ve had some potential within an interesting concept/setting but paid no attention to it and wasted time presenting meaningless scenarios or could’ve just failed with its presentation altogether.
There's almost nothing redeemable. They are mostly shows which were either put together with no effort or didn't do well to utilize what they had at hand. Might have managed to set something up for itself but never managed to work towards it, a show left with an empty plot and no considerable development or something that's just uneventful altogether. Very poorly handled shows with very low value. May have sometimes had some production value which saves it from falling under a lower score.
Extremely poorly written shows. They don't provide you with anything to talk about. There's no plot or story but rather just random ideas clustered together. Something that’s been put together with no planning whatsoever and feel like more of a chore to go through. Very pointless and a waste of time. Lots of short and pointless animations could also fall under this category.
A show that is not only painful to watch, but appalling on an offensive level and leaves you with regret upon completion. Every moment was as awful as can get. Manages to not just be bad but horrible in every single aspect. It’s almost unthinkable that someone would’ve made something this bad without purposely wanting it to be. These are what stand as shame or disgrace to the medium.